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Zerto 2015 Predictions: The Year of the 'Autonomous Cloud'


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2015 is the Year of the ‘Autonomous Cloud’

Not only will Hybrid Cloud take off in 2015, but self-determination of enterprises moving applications between clouds will be a top trend in the IT Industry Segment in 2015.

In 2015 many enterprises will fully embrace autonomous hybrid cloud. The concept of hybrid cloud enables IT departments to seamlessly utilize both on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure for cost reduction, bursting, disaster recovery and other use cases. The key to hybrid cloud acceptance in the market is the movement of applications between clouds whether private, public or a hybrid of the two. Application mobility in the hybrid cloud needs to be seamless and easy to manage to ensure consistency of the applications across the entire datacenter. At Zerto, we like to call this ‘Autonomous Cloud'.  Autonomy in the context of cloud deployments refers to the ability to use any underlying storage, hypervisor or cloud provider. Enterprises will soon be able to choose datacenter components exclusively based on service levels and business needs, not hardware or software.

2013-14: Demand for hybrid cloud adoption

In 2013-14, enterprises became increasingly interested in hybrid cloud adoption. However, at this time workloads could not realize the benefits of hybrid cloud because those enterprises are often "locked in" to a specific cloud provider, hardware vendor and a specific hypervisor. When attempting to migrate data and applications to a new environment, enterprises find they are stuck and don't really have the freedom to make the move. True hybrid cloud delivers freedom of choice: any workload, on any hypervisor, on any cloud.

At Zerto, we've spent quite a bit of time perfecting application portability, primarily for the purposes of replication and recovery. What we discovered by building business continuity, disaster recovery and data portability services is that enterprise applications are inherently complex with external dependencies that go well beyond the boundary of a virtual machine or other logical container in the infrastructure stack. The challenge of seamlessly moving such workloads across disparate hosting environments, whether private, public or hybrid, is something that few, if any, technology solution providers have been able to address effectively.

2015: The year of autonomous hybrid cloud

The ability to move application workloads successfully between any hypervisor, cloud or storage environment, will forever change - and dramatically improve - IT service continuity. It's the first significant step for enterprises to be able to select their IT infrastructure based on two very basic factors - service level and price - giving them full choice on their cloud environment while optimizing for cost.

‘Autonomous cloud' reflects the demand of enterprise customers - justifiably requiring that production workloads be easily mobilized, centrally managed and protected on any infrastructure that meets their business needs. In 2015, expect a major and permanent disruption of vendor lock-in, through more flexible data protection and application mobility solutions allowing enterprises to choose the IT environment that fits their business needs and ensuring the highest level of IT infrastructure flexibility to date.


Published Friday, December 26, 2014 10:11 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:55 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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